Writer friends, are you addicted to writing? I think I have a problem….

bruce-almighty-typing-animated1So here I am on an amazing Thailand and Cambodia with two of my best friends, soon to be joined by my brother and what am I doing? Waking up at like five a.m. to write lol. Writing on the plane. Thinking about my novel on bus rides.

Now give me a break, I did have kind of a major plotting/characterization breakthrough the week before we left and it’s just really bothering me not to be able to work on it. I’m having a fabulous adventure to be sure. Making the most of my Southeast Asia adventures…hanging out on beaches, playing with elephants, attending ladyboy shows, eating lots of amazing food, seeing things like this….

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But my novel’s still working through my brain. And then I see things like this in Chiang Mai…. Not going to lie, I wanted to go here…

P1140196The first step is to admit you have a problem, right?

Are you addicted to writing? Do we need to start Writer’s Anonymous?

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23 comments

  1. Natacha Guyot · July 16, 2014

    My brain doesn’t stop. I’m always thinking about my writing: my current or near-future nonfiction/academic projects, my roleplaying characters and even my original fiction that still lurks around though I don’t focus on it these days and try to keep the muses at bay.

    If we start Writers Anonymous, I want a founding member badge.

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Okay!!! Hmmm writers anonymous… Has very catchy ring to it. We may be on to something!

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  2. michellejoycebond · July 16, 2014

    I’m so there with you–will be going on vacation to the beautiful Caribbean for the first time in my life and know that I’ll be carrying a notebook around. It doesn’t stop, but I think that’s kind of cool because it’s like living two lives at once. I just have to make sure I make eye contact with my husband while he’s speaking and actually listen to what he says or else he’ll bite my head off. πŸ™‚

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Hahahaaa yes! Good point. My husband knows how I am. But yes to the two lives thing! All about balancing real life with story life lol.

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  3. crosschatter · July 16, 2014

    I have the same problem. When I’m out, adventuring, making stories, all I want to do is be at home writing.

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      I know!!! I feel kind if bad too. Then I get a little frustrated since I only can work for short spurts and by the time I finally get in the zone I have to stop lol. God if only we can shut off our writer brains. I need to be focusing on the stories I’m making lol!!

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  4. Rachael C Marek · July 16, 2014

    There’s a saying about how “A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing”. You have proven it true! πŸ™‚

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  5. lorac888890 · July 16, 2014

    I know exactly how you feel, but we all have other things to do. There are times when I’m out of town and I’ll have a great idea. If I can’t write it down, I’ll be so upset. So, we learn to manage our time in this writing realm of life.

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Exactly lol. I actually have to tell my brain to shut off and enjoy the moment every once and awhile.

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  6. A.D. Martin · July 16, 2014

    Glad you’re enjoying Southeast Asia. I was there last year. Rather than seeing young monks at Angkor Wat, I saw a monkey steal a bag of fruit from a lady. Good times.

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Haha, poor lady. At least she didn’t get hurt! Angkor Wat’s in a few days!

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  7. C. Miller · July 16, 2014

    Hey! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve stopped by. Things have been hectic here with this new release. Looks like you’ve got some interesting stuff going on!

    I totally get what you’re saying though. I’m always working in my head, even when I’m not actually working. If you have a problem, I’m right there with ya. πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, I hope you have all sorts of fun on your trip!

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Hey nice to hear from you! Congrats on new release! Hope it’s going well πŸ™‚

      Trips been awesome so far!!

      Writers anonymous unite!

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  8. Marcus Case · July 16, 2014

    You’re not addicted. You’re a writer!

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  9. mbarkersimpson · July 16, 2014

    I completely empathise, and (Hi, I’m Melissa, and I’m addicted to writing) – love the writers anonymous idea! The other day, when I was working (translating between two languages is not easy at the best of times), I had this character pop into my head and would not go away. I had no choice but to get her out of there; the fact I was late making tea, missed a deadline, and completely forgot I had a task to complete is proof that writing can often take over my life.

    Great post πŸ™‚

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  10. Sarah Oh · July 16, 2014

    I like the idea of writers Anonymous. Very nice! Yes, I’m addicted to writing too. I can’t help thinking of churning out contents to write and jot them down on my notebook! Hope you’re enjoying thailand!

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  11. Sierra · July 16, 2014

    This is not a bad thing! At least I hope it isn’t because I do it too. Constantly. I’ll be in the middle of something dangerous and/or important and think, “Hm. Wonder how Ero’d do this?” And then go on a tangent from there haha. It’s okay. It’s just you making the most of your time. Pretty good actually. Some writers would just block their stories out while on vacation entirely. Dunno how anyone can manage that though. O.O

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  12. Jon Chaisson · July 16, 2014

    Yup, sounds about right. I can state that I’ve worked on revision in Paris, Hawaii, Yosemite, and other places where I should have been spending more time taking pictures. Mind you, I do let myself enjoy the views…the one downside being my default thought of “…now how can I fit this setting into a novel…?” πŸ˜‰

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    • sjoycarlson · July 16, 2014

      Haha that is exactly what I do! Both revising all over the world and incorporating settings lol. Hey it gives us creative fuel πŸ˜€

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  13. Harliqueen · July 17, 2014

    I totally feel you on this! When I take a break on a weekend from writing, I can’t turn off thinking about it πŸ˜€ Great post!

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    • sjoycarlson · July 17, 2014

      Thanks! Glad to know I’m not the only addict πŸ˜›

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